A genuine old enamelled cross shaped pendant, made in the Tiznit region of Southern Morocco, between 50-80 years ago, is the centrepiece of this powerful necklace. The greenish yellow beads are ancient Hebron beads, made from sand from the Dead Sea, hence their dark, non translucent colour. History dates these beads to pre-Roman times, but these particular beads could be as early as mid 1700’s, when they began to be used as trade beads. Wars, persecution, destruction have all put these beads into jeopardy, and their availability has sharply declined.
The coins are old French Moroccan 25 centime coins, early 1900’s.
The necklace is strung with a strong waxed cotton adjustable plaited cord, finished with a bunch of old African seed beads and an old silver Nepalese bead acting as a toggle.
Easily fits over the head as its adjustable.
Two lac filled silver beads from Nepal complete this United Nations collection.
I’ve strung this on two strands of 10 kg breaking weight cotton.
I wear all my pieces for a few hours to test their weight and thus comfort level, and ensure nothing presses on the back of the neck to cause discomfort. This too passes my stringent tests.
Length: 21cm adjustable
As with all my creations, this is a unique, individual, one off that took me hours and hours to get just right. I collect all my components by scrabbling in souks and hessian bags and dusty shops for the most unique treasures my dealers can part with. Dents and dings are part of the journey, and add to the charm. You will be the new custodian of a piece of wearable art, that has its own story. Imagine if these beads could speak.